Oral Histories, including the Wynne S. Christensen I Remember Hour Collection

The oral history collection, known as the "I Remember Hour" collection, is composed of VHS and audio tapes of interviews with longtime DeKalb residents, government officials, and other community leaders.


Wynne S. Christensen I Remember Hour Collection

In 1984, Congressman James Mackay, who served as President of the DeKalb Historical Society (1984-1986), developed the idea to create an oral history collection to document the history of DeKalb County, Georgia. His plan called for interviewing public officials, teachers, shopkeepers and other longtime residents of DeKalb who had different experiences and memories to share. These interviews were usually an hour long and thus were known as the "I Remember Hour." Wynne S. Christensen was a staff member of the DeKalb History Center in the 1980s and a resident of the Druid Hills area.  Funds were donated in Christensen’s name for us to preserve this valuable collection. As a result, the Wynne S. Christensen "I Remember Hour" Collection has now been digitized and contains over 130 interviews on DVD. Notes and transcriptions (if available) for these recordings are available in the reading room, and increasingly as PDF files from this page.


The collection interviews a variety of different people and covers many subjects.  There are two programs on the 1996 visit of the Olympic Torch to downtown Decatur, the 100th anniversary of the Tucker Baptist Church and the integration of Decatur High School.  Guests on the "I Remember Hour" include local judges Oscar Mitchell, Bond Almond, Clarence Peeler and Richard Bell.  The R.L. Mathis family talk about the dairy business in DeKalb, Thomas Vinson talks of public health issues, George Dillard talks of working for the FBI and Joe Pugh speaks about Baron DeKalb. Local resident Scott Candler, Sr. talks on identifying Georgia homes in a program from 1968, Pauline Pounds gives a talk on one-room schoolhouses, and Fire Chief Dudley Martin talks about fire services. Women during World War II, Hardman Cemetery, Scottdale Mill, Peachtree DeKalb Airport, Swanton House and the making of the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” are all included in this wide-ranging collection.


In addition to the I Remember Hour series, we also have Then & Now series and podcasts and/or DVDs of the DeKalb History Center's Lunch and Learn series. There are also many compact discs and DVDs donated to the History Center for research purposes.


Notes: We are beginning to transcribe these oral histories and though it will take time, check to see if the title of the program is in a different color. If you hover your mouse over it, you may get a link to a PDF file of the transcript. You will need a PDF reader installed on your computer to read it.


Some of the following presentations contain language that may be considered offensive; but solely in the interest of historic preservation, the DeKalb History Center has transcribed the presentation as accurately as possible. Otherwise  the presentation and remarks therein are in no way a reflection of the mission and values of the DeKalb History Center, its employees, and its agents.


Wynne S. Christensen I Remember Hour Collection:

2012.3.1 Julius McCurdy Mar 1982

2012.3.2 Charles M. Clayton May 1982

2012.3.3 James Venable May 1982

2012.3.4 Judges Oscar Mitchell and Bond Almand Sep 1982

2012.3.5 Judge William Dean Jan 1983

2012.3.6 James G. Lester Feb 1983

2012.3.7 Verlyn Moore Jr. & Mrs. Douglas McCurdy Nov 1983

2012.3.8 Nina Rusk Hosch, Emory Univ. Nov 1983

2012.3.9 Judson C. Ward, Emory Univ. Mar 1985

2012.3.10 Milton Scott Sep 1985

2012.3.11 Clark Harrison Oct 1985

2012.3.12 Brad Clement, Architecture of DeKalb Oct 23 1985; Rod Bain, Eagle Scout, on Hardman Cemetery;

Oct 1985; Max Cleland; Mike Mears Nov 1985

2012.3.13 Judge Clarence Peeler Jan 1986

2012.3.14 Fannie Eberhart; Maj. Fred Howard Feb 1986

2012.3.15 Judge Richard Bell Mar 1986

2012.3.16 Julius McCurdy Sept 1986

2012.3.17 Hugh Howell, Jr. Jan 1984

2012.3.18 Mr and Mrs. Sam Hastings; Wheat Williams Mar 1984

2012.3.19 Julius McCurdy; Robin Harris; Apr 1984 Jas. Mackay (only about 10 minutes long)

2012.3.21 Chief Dudley Martin Sep 1984; Dr. Wallace Alston Nov 1984

2012.3.22 Dr. Thomas O. Vinson Feb 1985

2012.3.23 Grace Hanson Mar 1985

2012.3.24 Wyman C. Lowe Apr 1985

2012.3.25 . R.L. Mathis family, Dairying Oct 1986

2012.3.26 Steffan Thomas, painter Nov 1986

2012.3.27 Commander Bennie Wilkens Jan 1987

2012.3.28 Sarah Furse Feb 1987

2012.3.29 Dr. Lawrence Matthews; Mar 1987; Dr. Carl Renfroe

2012.3.30 John Evans May 1987

2012.3.31 Dorothy Nix Nov 1987

2012.3.32 Mayor Dub Brown of Chamblee Oct 1987

2012.3.33 "Doc" Manget Jan 1988

2012.3.34 Andy Robertson Feb 1988

2012.3.35 Whitfield Smith, Clerk of the Court Mar 1988

2012.3.36 Caroline Ridley Howard; John Ridley Apr 1988

2012.3.37 Dr. T.O. Vinson, Dir., DeKalb Health May 1988

2012.3.38 Judge Clarence Peeler and Noah Stone May 1988

2012.3.39 Mrs. J. Don (Geraldine) Aderhold Oct 1988

2012.3.40 J.C. Bailey, his Shoe Shop on the square Nov 1988

2012.3.41 B. J. Smith 1988

2012.3.42 Tom O. Davis Jan 1989

2012.3.43 Kent Randolph, Tucker Resident Feb 1989

2012.3.44 George Dillard Mar 1989

2012.3.45 Margaret Bridges Apr 1989

2012.3.47 Jim Anderson May 1989

2012.3.48 J. Davidson Phillips, Pastor of Decatur Presbyterian Church Nov 1989

2012.3.49 Talmage Amberson, part one Sep 1989

2012.3.50 Talmage Amberson, part two Sep 1989

2012.3.51 Willie Austin Oct 1989

2012.3.52 Bobby Burgess Feb 1990

2012.3.53 William Breen, Architect, Mayor Mar 1990

2012.3.54 Delores Stockard Apr 1990

2012.3.55 Bill Evans May 1990

2012.3.56 Tom J. Fountain Oct 1990

2012.3.57a-d Daniel Hopkins, Jeanette Hopkins 1993 / Livingston, Cora Cash Henderson, / Frances Lanford, Willie Arnold, First Baptist Church of Tucker


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2012.3.58 C. Campbell Feb 1991

2012.3.59 Horace Ward Mar 1991

2012.3.60 Ga. State Convention, Sacred Harp, part I Mar 1995

2012.3.61 Ga. State Convention, Sacred Harp, part II Mar 1995

2012.3.62 City of Dunwoody Remembers . . . Feb 1994

2012.3.63 Ira B. Melton on Pine Lake Apr 1993

2012.3.64 Cities of Tucker & Lithonia Sep 1994

2012.3.65 Virgil Hopkins Sep 1991

2012.3.66 Robertson Brothers Nov 1991

2012.3.67 Col. Tom Hensler Feb 1993

2012.3.68 Lunch & Learn, Sue Ellen Owens Apr 1994 / Baron DeKalb, by Joe Pugh

2012.3.69 Sam Knuckles Remembers Jun 1993

2012.3.70 Georgia State Convention of Sacred Harp/shaped note singers­ Decatur Mar 1994

2012.3.71 Margaret W. (Jane) Pepperdene, Agnes Scott professor of English, date unknown

2012.3.72 Olympic Torch Relay/Para Olympics 1996

2012.3.73 Scottdale Black Community Sep 1995

2012.3.74 Georgians & the Holocaust

2012.3.75 Making of "Driving Miss Daisy"

2012.3.76 Mrs. Pauline Pounds and Swanton House 1994

2012.3.77 Paige Perkins/Chamblee Remembers Nov 1996

2012.3.78 DeKalb Agents: Jim Anderson, David Crosby, George Whiting

2012.3.79 Torch Relay at Old Courthouse Jul 1996

2012.3.80 Tom Keating on Saturday School Oct 1996

2012.3.81 Bobby Burgess (also see tape 52) Mar 1997

2012.3.82 Franklin Garrett May 1995

2012.3.83 Lil Salter, Tom Preacher, Vera Hiller on Jun 1995 Druid Hills

2012.3.84 Walt Drake, Joe Pugh on Stephen Decatur Apr 1995 and Baron DeKalb

2012.3.85 50th Anniversary Dinner, Lantz Aug 1987

2012.3.86 Jim Anderson on Mr. DeKalb 1990

2012.3.87 Professor Clayton

2012.3.88 Julius McCurdy

2012.3.89 Mrs. Albert Burke

2012.3.90 Winona Park Association

2012.3.91 Wyman Lowe

2012.3.92 Brad Pepharn, Mex Cleland, Clement Archi, Mike Mears

2012.3.93 Decatur's 175th Anniversary

2012.3.96 Sacred Harp/Shaped Note Singers

2012.3.97 Decatur High School Desegregation Feb 24 1999, Decatur Business Bureau event

2012.3.98 Clarkston

2012.3.99 Dolly Wolf, Evelyn Boring, Jun 1997 / Margaret Carf, Cecil Beach - Decatur Library

2012.3.100 Dr. Ruth Smith

2012.3.101 Manuel Maloof

2012.3.102 Dr. Wade Huie, Jr.

2012.3.103 Ken Thomas on genealogy

2012.3.104 Earnest Adkins/DeKalb Medical Center

2012.3.106 Congressman Mackay retirement party, Decatur Federal Skyroom

2012.3.107 Sue Ellen Owens & Walt Drake on Stephen Decatur

2012.3.108 Noah Stone

2012.3.109 Justice in DeKalb, Session One Feb 1999: Tom Davis, Clarence Peeler, Edward Wheeler

2012.3.110, 136 Guss Simpson



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2012.3.113 John Lewis

2012.3.152, 115      Scott Candler Sr. honored Sep 23 1971

2012.3.153      Wilbur Kurtz Jr. May 27 1971

2012.3.137, 122      Mrs. James Mackay

2012.3.125 a) old courthouse roof repairs b) Mr. Bill Brice? c) Presentation of Pike Cty. book

d) Bill Hall (Robb?) dinner and roast

2012.3.126 Decatur Schools superintendents: Renfro, Simmons, Griffith, Love

2012.3.127 Decatur Federal Jan 2002

2012.3.128 Glennwood School, Decatur, Feb 2002

2012.3.138      duplicate number, Bedros Sharian

2012.3.148, 129   History maker award presented to James Mackay Mar 10 2002

2012.3.130 Richard Sams "Civil War DeKalb"

2012.3.131      Sheappard, Johnson and Mathis, DeKalb's Rural Roots Sep 2002

2012.3.132      The Nelms and Sams families 1930-1950, Mar 10 2003

2012.3.133      Mayors and their Cities, Mar 2003

2012.3.134 Walt Drake on Scott Candler Apr 2003

2012.3.135 Politics of Preservation May 2003


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Then and Now Series

2012.3.171      Narvie J. Harris

2012.3.170      Jim Perkins

2012.3.168      Rebecca Latimer Felton (re-enactment)

2012.3.169      Caroline Ridley Howard

2012.3.167      DeKalb historic courthouse clock

2010.3.189      Robert Winebarger

2012.3.184      Charles Harrison owner of Robert A. Alston house

2012.3.166      Walter McCurdy

2012.3.165      East Lake Country Club

2012.3.185      Bobby Burgess

2012.3.190      Sue Ellen Owens (possible dupe of IRH103 or IRH107)

2012.3.163      Walt Drake (possible dupe of IRH107)

2012.3.164      Richard Sams (possible dupe of IRH130)

2012.3.162      Kenneth Thomas (possible dupe of IRH103)


2012.3.254      I Remember Hour - Amazing Architects of DeKalb: Edward J. Sayward and Leila Ross Wilburn

                           Nov 17 2005

2012.3.253      I Remember Hour - Wilma Hipps on DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

2012.3.252      DeKalb General Hospital Early Years

2012.3.172      Elias Nour on PBS Mar 1987 (for research only)

2012.3.176      This is Atlanta History PBS program (for research only) 2005

                        First doctor, Houston Mill, Mary Gay, Soapstone

2012.3.250      A Dramatic Reading of Shermantown Aug 27 2005

2012.3.175      Arbor Montessori/Mt. Zion Oral History presentation May 2006

2012.3.251      Elizabeth Wilson history maker presentation 2006

2012.3.140, 253 I Remember Hour - John Pruitt and Jerry Crane, top DeKalb news stories

2012.3.139      C. Judson Ward on the US Constitution, Nov 1987

2012.3.191      James Mackay at Druid Hills High School Black History Celebration Feb 27 1996

2012.3.154      Dr. Thomas Vinson Jan 24 1985

2012.3.212      C. Judson Ward on Emory, Oct 22 1997

2012.3.151      DCTV presentation on the historic DeKalb courthouse clock

2012.3.150      Who Runs Georgia Nov 10 1998

2012.3.149      Tim Timmons interviews Grace Gober on Tucker in the 1920s Mar 18 2002

2012.3.145      George Rikard Confederate grave marker dedication, Alston House Oct 2001

2012.3.146      Betty Asbury Hosts: The history of Doraville with Horace Creel, Fannie Mae Jett, Dr. Pagenhart Jul 1999

2012.3.147      Shermantown Living History Project - Stone Mountain Charter School May 2000

2012.3.210      Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, African American history, Sep 27 1999

                        Caroline Leach, minister

2012.3.211      Flag Forum Jan 28 1993

2012.3.203      Lonnie Edwards on Sally Jessy Raphael show (for research only)

                        Asst. Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools, 2000

2012.3.208      Popham seminar, Jun 21 1998

2012.3.201      Walter McCurdy speech to Northlake Alliance 2003

2012.3.194      African American Schools, Sue Ellen Owens and possibly Narvie Harris

2012.3.197      DCTV's Inside DeKalb, (for research only)

2012.3.200      The Jeanes Supervisors - Striving to Educate

2012.3.199      2002 State of DeKalb County Address, Vernon Jones, CEO

2012.3.193      2003 State of DeKalb County Address, Vernon Jones, CEO

Memorial Tribute DCTV, (for research only)

2012.3.195      Mysteries of Oakhurst, family home video

2012.3.198      Max Cleland Strong in Broken Places (for research only)

2012.3.196      Max Cleland on Larry King Live (for research only)

2012.3.213      A Most Bold and Daring Man - Stephen Decatur

                        by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

2012.3.209      DeKalb African American history on DCTV, hosted by Lyn Vaughn

                        Sue Ellen Owens

2012.3.204      South DeKalb Advisory Committee Jan 1998

2012.3.202      Building a Watershed Alliance (Peavine) (for research only) 2000

2012.3.183      Davidson-Arabia Mountain nature Preserve and Heritage Area

Includes Cynthia McKinney, Pierre Howard, Max Cleland and others

2012.3.258      Arabia Mountain Heritage Area video 2000, possibly same as above

Selected interviewees include Max Cleland, Pierre Howard, Cynthia McKinney and Becky Kelley.

2012.3.192      Assisting Crime Victims during the Olympic Games (1997.6)

2012.3.173      Stonehenge and Venables in Georgia May 12 2005

                        Frank M. Eldridge

2012.3.188      DeKalb History Center 1st Annual Black History Month Celebration

African American Entrepreneurs, Feb 2008

2012.3.155      I Remember Hour - DeKalb newspapers Apr 20 2008

                        Britt Fayssoux, Jerry Crane, Vivian Price and moderator Dr. Keith Hebert

2012.3.187      DeKalb History Center 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration,

parts 1 and 2, raw footage, Feb 26 2009

2012.3.177      Lunch and learn Stone Mountain Dr. George Coletti Jan 2009

2012.3.179      Lunch and Learn MAK District - Scott Leith Mar 2009

2012.3.181      Lunch and Learn Tucker - Tim Timmons May 26 2009

2012.3.172      Lunch and Learn Druid Hills – Richard Sams Jul 12 2009

2012.3.247      Talking Walls - School Desegregation - Ellen Jones Jul 2009

2012.3.141      Lunch and Learn Avondale Estates, Terry Martin-Hart, Nov 17, 2009

2 discs, one audio and a second with photographs used in presentation

2012.3.143      I Remember Hour Mt. Zion Church, Nov 21, 2009; raw footage

2012.3.186      DeKalb History Center 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration,

parts 1 and 2, Law and Justice leaders, Feb 25 2010

2012.3.225      Oak Grove Elementary living history project:

                        Interviewees: Marito Culwell, Archivist, Oak Grove Methodist Church;

Wallace Nelms, born in Oak Grove, raised there in the 1930s, talks of African American education, interviewed by LaVerne Byas-Smith

Honor Berry, resident and real estate agent

Veronica Wood, assistant food services manager at Oak Grove Elementary

Jane Dunbar, Oak Grove parent, grandparent and volunteer

2012.3.226      A Dream Realized: DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale

2012.3.227-231 Mt. Zion community oral history project, April and May 2006

Arbor Montessori interviews of Rev. Acey Rowe, Elder Linda Cartham, Mary H. Whitlock, Wallace Nelms, Albert Rowe, Kadell R. Carter and Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church


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2012.3.232      digitized film of Newt Gingrich’s family, circa 1920s?

2012.3.235-6   Experiences, Memories and Messages by Eron Miller, for

                        Research only, African American history, Mereda Johnson interview

                        in two parts

2012.3.246      Lunch and Learn, Teri Stewart on the John B. Gordon family of Kirkwood,

                         Ranch house architecture

2012.3.262      African American Lives – Johnny Waits and the Flat Rock community

                          For research only PBS production, 2006

2012.3.256      Dunwoody: The History and Heritage 1821-2003, for research only

2012.3.257      Ben Epps: The Legacy of Georgia’s First Aviator

2010.26           Undying Faith, Biracial History Project production, Antioch First

                           Baptist church, Edgewood/Candler park, 2007

                           The Unveiling: African American Legacy markers in Candler park, 2010

2012.3.267      John Walter Drake on the history of Decatur, Sep 2010

2012.3.269      DHC 4thAnnual Black History Month celebration, Feb 24 2011

DeKalb’s military heroes: Arthur Anderson, Reverend Thomas N. Bristow, Sr., James W. Gray and Ray J. Jones, Jr.

2012.3.272      Tucker High School Veterans Day program, Nov 11 2010: Harold Dye, Robert Spooner, William Carlysle, John Rice, Lt. Col. James Williams

2012.3.273      Kenneth Thomas Jr. on Presidential visits to the area, Mar 15 2011; Lunch and Learn

2012.3.276      Arthur Raper at Agnes Scott College by Clifford Kuhn; Lunch and Learn

2012.3.277      Decatur Civic Chorus: 50 years and still singing, for research only

2012.3.278      1937 16mm film of congregation of Pattillo Methodist Church leaving

                            their Oakhurst sanctuary, only about 8 minutes long

2012.3.321 Gussie Brown and her daughter Christine on Scottdale: Mill life, Hamilton High School, Tobie Grant, Jim  Cherry, Scottdale daycare center, Mar 2007

2012.3.332 Chamblee 75th Anniversary: mayors, councilmen, Mayor Dub Brown and the city logo. Nancy Creek and Prospect churches, Franklin Garrett speaks, citizens remember and brief history on the area, May 1983

2012.3.341 Clarkston Talk by Franklin Garrett of Atlanta Historical Society given at DeKalb College in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Sep 1982

2012.3.355      Betty Scott Noble and her father Philip Noble on living in the Scott Cooper

                           House in Decatur, now site of the Rec Center

2012.3.356      Cleveland Browns player and Decatur resident Clarence R. Scott Jr.

2012.3.357      Wilma Grant Hipps on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

2012.3.358      100-year old resident Carmon Elliott

2012.3.390      Mary Brown Bullock, Agnes Scott alumna and past president of the College

2012.3.391      Kathy Bruce and Kelly Thrasher on Decatur, the Waffle House and its museum

2012.3.392      Susan W. Shields, whose father was the agricultural director of the Honor Farm on Panthersville Rd

2012.3.393      David W. Scott, whose family began the Scottdale cotton mill (as well as Agnes Scott College)

2012.3.394      Kirkwood Lunch and Learn with Joe Alcock

2012.3.396      Lunch and Learn by former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson on the Beacon Hill African American area of 


2012.3.397      DHC 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration, Feb 2012

2012.3.398      Lunch and Learn on 20th Century Interiors given by Beth Shorthouse and David Ramsey, Sep 2011

2012.3.399      John Walter Drake on Decatur, DHC Lunch and Learn

2012.3.400      Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Lunch and learn, Mar 2012; Mera Cardenas

2012.3.401      Judge Clarence Seeliger - Change & Transformation in the Courts of DeKalb County in the 1980s; Sep 2012

2012.3.403      Understanding Local Historic Districts: Why is That House Historic?, Speakers Leigh Burns & Richard     

                           Laub; July 2012

2012.3.404 The Atlanta Nine and desegregation of the Atlanta school system. July 2013

Dekalb Lawyers Association

Franklin Nix

Iris H-(audio) July 2018; Desegregation and related topics

Teri- (audio) July 2018; Desegregation and related topics

Carole Midgette- (audio) February 2019; legacy of former Dekalb History Center director Gordon Midgette

Charles Turner- (audio) February 2019

Claudia Stucke- July 2018; Segregation, desegregation





Please see our podcast page for more recent additions to the collection, and the opportunity to listen to many recent programs online!



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